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Students deserve praise for walkout

I’m so proud of the thousands of area students who staged protests March 14 in remembrance of those who died in the recent Florida school shooting and in support of the safety of all students.

I’m especially proud of the Rapid City High School students who left their school instead of going to the auditorium, who took some risk in marching downtown. This is an important part of education — paying attention to what is going on in today’s world, thinking seriously about that, acting peacefully to change laws that put people in danger, and even taking personal risks when your elected leaders fail to act on your behalf.

Kudos also to the Rapid City Area Schools for allowing the protests despite opposition from some parents. Education is more than reading books or sitting and listening to teachers. It’s also participating in the world and acting peacefully and lawfully to benefit everyone. Local law enforcement who protected those involved in the protests and prevented possible escalation also deserves our thanks. Finally, thanks to the Rapid City Journal for giving us accurate information and contributing in a positive way to our community.

Shirley Frederick

Rapid City

Students not ready for real world

After watching the news on the student walkout to protest guns, I have determined that these so-called future leaders that tear down the very symbol in which gives them the right to protest shows me that indeed they are not mature enough to own guns of any kind, including BB's, nor are they mature enough to make informed decisions and vote or serve in the military.

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So don't stop with age 21 to own a gun, change the selective service to 21 and the right to vote also to 21 and maybe in some cases even higher. The Bill of Rights gives you the right, but the military and Second Amendment guarantees these rights.

Jack Dean

Rapid City

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